Members of the 'SPORT PSYCHOLOGY' Task Force, in alphabetical order:

BALDASARRE Cristina (Switzerland - Swiss Sportpsychology Association SASP)

Current Positions:

Self employed, counceling and coaching in sport and business

Previous Positions/ Field of interest:

- Licenced Psychologist with Qualification in  Sportpsychology FSP

- Vice-President of the Swiss Sportpsychology Association SASP

- Worked 5 years as Human Ressource Manager at Credit Suisse

- Worked for 5 years for the Federal Institute of Sport in Magglingen

- My work is very applied through all sports, with one focus on teams and the other focus on adolescents and their developmental challenges in sport

Publications (indicatively):

     Baldasarre, C., Birrer, D. & Seiler, R. (2003). Krafttraining für die Psyche: Praxisbeilage zur Fachzeitschrift für Sport mobile, 6 Bd. Magglingen: mobile.

     Baldasarre, C., Birrer, D., & Seiler, R. (2004). Quality Management in der Schweizer Sportpsychologie. Schweizerische Zeitschrift für Sportmedizin und Traumatologie, 52, 54-56.


CANTÓN Enrique (Spain - University of Valencia)

Current Positions:

-Professor of Sport Psychology

Previous Positions/ Field of interest:

-Chairman of the  Professional Division of Sport and Physical Activity Psychology  to the General Advice of Psychologists' Colleges of Spain (COP)

-Research and applied interests include motivation and emotion process in sport, exercise and  health; psychological training in individual sports (specially martial arts), and the psychological perspective to the doping

Publications (indicatively):

     Cantón, E. (2010). La Psicología del Deporte como profesión especializada (The Sport Psychology as a specialized profession). Papeles del Psicólogo, 31 (2), 237-245.

     Cantón, E. & Checa, I. (2011). El consumo de esteroides y su relación con variables psicológicas en practicantes de musculación (Steroids consumption and its relationship with psychological variables in fitness practitioners). Health and Addictions / Salud y Drogas, 11 (2), 129-143.

     Cantón, E. & Checa, I. (2012). Los estados emocionales y su relación con las atribuciones y las expectativas de autoeficacia en el deporte (Emotional states and their relationship with the  attributions, expectatives and self-efficacy in sport). Revista de Psicología del Deporte, 21 (1), 171-176.


GREBLO Zrinka (Croatia, Croatian Psychological Association)

Current Position:

-Assistant Professor

Department of Psychology, Centre for Croatian Studies, University of Zagreb

Field of Interest:

-Sport and Exercise Psychology, Developmental Psychology

Publications (indicatively):

Greblo, Z., Bratko, D. (2014). Parents’ perfectionism and its relation to child rearing behaviours. Scandinavian Journal of Psychology, 55(2), 180-185

Rakovac, M., Pedišić, Z., Pranić, S., Greblo, Z., Hodak, D. (2013). Sociodemographic and Lifestyle Correlates of Health-Related Quality of Life in Croatian University Students. Applied Research in Quality of Life 8,493-509.

Jurakić, D., Pedišić, Ž., Greblo, Z. (2010). Physical Activity in Different Domains and Health-Related Quality of Life: A Population-Based Study. Quality of Life Research. 19(9), 1303-1309.



Current Positions:

-Associate Professor of Psychometrics, University of Cagliari, Italy

Chair of NAC-Italy (EuroPsy)

-President of Sardinian Board of Psychologist (Ordine degli Psicologi)

Previous Positions/ Field of interest:

-Teacher of Sport and Exercise Psychology

-Member of the Mind in Sport Team (MIST)

-President of master course on “Sciences and technique of Sports”, University of Cagliari

Publications (indicatively):

     GUICCIARDI M, BIGGIO S, DELITALA L. FADDA D (2009). Measuring Self-efficacy in volleyball. Preliminary data for the development of an Italian instrument. In: XII ISSP World Congress of Sport Psychology

     GUICCIARDI M, GARAU T, MURA, F. MURRANCA A, SORIGA A (2008). The professional development of Sardinian psychologists: Analysis of present trends. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PSYCHOLOGY, vol. 3-4, p. 140-141, ISSN: 0020-7594

     Guicciardi M., Fadda D. (2007). A confirmatory factorial analysis of the Athletic Coping Skill Inventory: an Italian contribution, FEPSAC  12th European Congress of Sport Psychology (4 - 9 September 2007, Halkidiki , Greece), Book of long Papers, pp.471-75


KASKI Satu (Finland - Finnish Psychological Association)

Current Position:

-Member of the Sport psychology committee (in Finnish Psychological association)

-Working as a Sport psychologist

Previous Positions/ Field of interest:

-Finnish Sport Psychological Association (member, chairman)

-Sport psychology committee (in Finnish Psych. Assoc.)(promoter, chairman)

-Member of Finnish Psychological Association board (government)

-Interested in: Coaches well-being, succeeding in top sport

-Privileged to accompany and follow top sport/athletics in Finland

Publications (indicatively):

Books: “Skill to instruct -how to help the children develop in Sport”  and “Psychology of coaching”

Articles in books: Women coaching (2) and Sport psychology (2)(coming up)


LEONOV Sergey (Russia, Lomonosov Moscow State University)

Current Position:

Assistant professor, PhD, Lomonosov Moscow State University

Field of Interest:

Sport psychology, time perception, psychology of labour

Publications (indicatively):

     Leonov S. Diagnostics of time perception in synchronized swimming//Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences, Volume 33, 2012, Pages 771-775

     Veraksa A.N., Leonov S.V. Cognitive aspects of athlete activity // Psychology in Russia: State of the art. Scientific Yearbook. – Moscow: Russian Psychological Society, 2009, - 640.

     Zinchenko Y., Leonov S. etc. Sport psychology. M.,MSU 2011.

PANAGI THALEIA (Cyprus- Cyprus Psychological Association)

 Current Positions:

 -Associate Professor at Uclan Cyprus

  • Department of Psychology and Sport Science.
-Applied Sport and Counselling Psychologist 
  • Experience in both Clinical and Applied Sport Psychology (2012 - today) as a consultant in high level individual and team sports athletes (Sport Federations in Cyprus)

-Board Member of Cyprus Psychological Association 

-General Secretary of TF-Sport Psychology (EFPA)

Field of interest:

Applied Sport Psychology (Refferees, Anxiety, Self Confidence, Motivation and Decision Making, Construction of New Inventories)


PLESSNER Henning  (Germany)

Current Positions:

-Professor of Sport Psychology, University of Heidelberg

Previous Positions:

-Vice-President of the German Society of Sport Science

-Member of the Ethics Committee of the German Psychological Society

-Professor of Social Psychology at the University of Leipzig

Publications (indicatively):

     Plessner, H. (1999). Expectation biases in gymnastics judging. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 21, 131-144.

     Plessner, H., Unkelbach, C., Memmert, D., Baltes, A., & Kolb, A. (2009). Regulatory fit as a determinant of sport performance: How to succeed in a soccer penalty shooting. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 10, 108-115.

     Bar-Eli, M., Plessner H., & Raab, M. (2011). Judgment, decision making and success in sport. Oxford: Wiley.


PSYCHOUNTAKI Maria (Greece, Association of Greek Psychologists)

Current Position:

Associate Professor of Sport Psychology

- Department of Physical Education and Sport Science 

- Department of Psychology

National & Kapodistrian University of Athens (UoA)

Other activities

  • President of the Hellenic Society of Sport Psychology (2000-2004)
  • Vice President of the European Society of Sport Psychology (FEPSAC) (2003-2007)
  • Editor of the Journal of Sport Psychology in Greece (2000-2010)
  • Experience in both Clinical and Applied Sport Psychology (1989 - today) as a consultant in high level individual and team sports athletes (Sport Federations and Olympic Committees in Cyprus and Greece)

Field of interest:

Applied sport psychology topics (individual and team sports); self-confidence, stress management, injured athlete, cohesion and communication in sport teams, psycho-diagnosis, biofeedback, exercise and mood states, and school sports

Publications (indicatively):

Psychountaki, M., Stavrou, N. A., Vlachopoulos, S.P., Van Raalte, J.L., & Minniti, A.M.  (2014). Using quantitateve psychological assessment to optimize athletes’ and exercise participants’ physical performance. In A. Papaioannou & D. Hackfort (Eds.), Routledge Companion to Sport and Exercise Psychology: Global Perspectives and Fundamental Concepts (pp. 922-935). London: Routledge.

Stavrou, A.M.N., Psychountaki, M., Georgiadis, E., Karteroliotis, K., & Zervas, Y. (2015). Flow theory – Goal orientation theory: Positive experience is related to athlete’s goal orientation. Frontiers in Psychology, 6:1499. doi: 10.3389/ fpsyg. 2015.01499.

Psychountaki, M., Zervas, Y., Karteroliotis, K., & Spielberger, C. (2003). Validity and reliability of the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory for children in Greek population. European Journal of Psychological Assessment, 19(2), 124-130.


SIMONENKOVA Irina (Latvia)

Current Positions:

-General Secretary of the Latvian Association of Sport Psychologists;

-Chair of Ethics Committee of Latvian Professional Psychologists Association:

-Member of the Scientific Editorial Board of magazine “The Sports Psychologist”, published by Russian State University of Physical Education, Sport and Tourism together with the Russian Association of Sport and Physical Education Psychologists.

Work experience:

-Work in the field of sport psychology since 1995;

-Specific  field of interest  - football;

-Since 2005 – sport psychologist for the Latvian National Football Team.

Consulting experience:

Basketball, tennis, hokey, carting, curling.


SUKOVA  Helena (Czech Republic - Association of Sport Psychologists)

Current Positions:

Vice-Chairman of ASP

Previous positions/ field of interest:

-one of the most successful tennis players of the Czechoslovak and World history

-concentrating on individual needs of elite athletes

-consultations can be done in Czech or English languages


VERAKSA Aleksander, Dr. (Russian Psychological Society)

Current Positions:

-International Affairs Director

-Assistant Professor, Faculty of Psychology, Lomonosov Moscow State University

Field of interest:

-Sport Psychology, Developmental Psychology. Especially symbolic tools, imagery in youth sport.

Publications (indicatively):

     Veraksa A.N., Gorovaya A.E. (2012) Imagery training efficacy among novice soccer players. Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences. 33, 338 – 342

     Veraksa A.N. (2011) Symbolic mediation in cognitive activity. International Journal of Early Years Education. Vol.19, 1, 89-102.


WYLLEMAN Paul (Belgium - Vrije Universiteit Brussel)

Current Positions:

-Professor of Sport Psychology

Previous Positions / Field of Interest:

-President of the European Federation of Sport Psychology (FEPSAC)

-Research interests include career development of talented and elite athletes, quality of sport psychology support provision

Publications (indicatively):

     Seiler, R., & Wylleman, P. (2009). FEPSAC’s role and position in the past and in the future of sport psychology in Europe. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 10, 403–409.

     Wylleman, P., Harwood, C., Elbe, A-M., Reints, A., & de Caluwé, D. (2009). A perspective on education and professional development in applied sport psychology. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 10, 435–446.

     Wylleman, P., Reints, A., & Van Aken, S. (in press). Athletes’ perceptions of multilevel changes related to competing at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Psychology of Sport and Exercise.